It has been a long time since Purdue football has produced an All-American. You have to go back to 2010 with Ryan Kerrigan was a unanimous selection at defensive end. All First Team All-Americans get their picture on a banner hanging int he Mollenkopf, and thanks to the great season from Rondale Moore that group will now have some company. Rondale was named a First Team All-American tonight by The Athletic.
The Athletic is not one of the officially recognized All-Amerca teams yet, but this is just a precursor to the others. Here are hte rules to be considered a “consensus” All-American and a “Unanimous” All-American:
As of 2009, the College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams: Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF), The Sporting News (TSN), Sports Illustrated (SI), Pro Football Weekly (PFW), ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN), ProFootballFocus (PFF), Rivals.com, and Scout.com.
As of 2009, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes the All-America teams selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News, and the WCFF to determine consensus All-Americans. If three of these organizations select a player to their first team, he automatically receives the “consensus” honor. If a player is named an All-American by all five organizations, he receives “unanimous All-America” recognition. Depending upon the distribution of first team honors at any given position, it is possible to be consensus with fewer than three first-team selections.
The Athletic, being a new publication, may soon join this list. Moore was named to the first team as a return man, which is a bit of a surprise. He only had an average of 20 yards per return, and he was 15th with just 599 return yards total. He was 10th in total return attempts with 30.
This is just the first of likely several All-American honors coming though, so stay tuned.